ELLI stands for "Effective Lifelong Learning Inventory"
The ability to learn effectively is fundamentally important to being able to thrive in a fast-paced, constantly changing, modern environment.
ELLI started out as a research project at Bristol University. ELLI describes "7 dimensions of learning power" - 7 characteristics that help us become better at learning. To make it easy, each one is represented by an animal.
Who is partaking in ELLI?
Years 3 and 4 are embedding ELLI within their classrooms.
ELLI is initially introduced with a story, as this outlines each character and their associated learning dimension. The story helps the children understand how each character utilises their learning power to support and develop the growth mindset of others.
A copy of the story is below.
How is the programme monitored?
At the start of the programme, all pupils complete a learning dimension questionnaire to help identify their learning strengths and areas for development. These are then shared with the pupils as part of a pupil/teacher consultation (parents also receive a copy). Class and year group data is collated and an action plan is drafted to respond to cohort need. (A copy of this can be found below).
After each learning dimension has been explicitly taught, pupils complete a final learning dimension questionnaire to track progress and identify future areas for development.
Why is ELLI worthwhile?
Confident and successful learners have a collection of skills that enable them to engage effectively with a variety of learning challenges. This is often referred to as ‘Learning Power’ or 'Learning to Learn'. Learning power is something that can be developed at home, with friends, in school - in fact it can be developed all the time and everywhere. ELLI’s seven learning dimensions provide an understanding of these important skills, many of which are needed in order to become better, more effective learners. The animal metaphors help the children to understand and relate to ELLI and help to provide a shared language of learning, which is why we value it so much at Reddal Hill Primary School